Other possible setting-specific goals include:
- preventing healthcare associated decubitus ulcers
- reducing the risk of harm associated with emotional and behavioral crisis
- reducing the risk of harm from abuse or exploitation in the healthcare organization
- ensure the safety of assisted living facility residents with dementia and other mental health disorders
The full text of the potential goals on the list are posted on the Joint Commission website, and has been distributed for comment to healthcare professionals, providers, consumers and other stakeholders. The deadline for feedback is
The list of potential goals has been developed by an expert panel of well-known patient safety experts, as well as nurses, physicians, risk managers, pharmacists, and other professionals who have hands-on experience in addressing patient safety issues in healthcare settings. Each year, this Sentinel Event Advisory Group reviews the current Goals and requirements and makes specific recommendations for any changes.
The field review offers the opportunity for others to share their judgment about the relevance, priority, clarity, ability to measure compliance, time needed to implement and cost of implementation of each potential goal and requirement under consideration. In addition, the Joint Commission is asking for comment on expanding the applicability of existing goals to additional programs.